28Jesus replied, “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.29And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.30But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.
What have I given up for Christ? What have you? Jesus makes a bold promise here. Of course, he is God, so all things are possible. He is telling us our most precious belongs (houses) and our dearest relationships (family) may all be required of us in our journey to follow Him, but he promises nothing we give up will be in vain. If we give it up for Jesus’ sake, we reap a 100 fold harvest. This is a promise worth memorizing. Some day, it may be the only thing that keeps you putting one foot in front of the other.
Who is greatest now? Who will be greatest then? I read that and I am reminded that I really don’t know and understand a lot of things. I have no business wasting my time thinking about who is important or how prestigious I am or anyone else is. It is all going to be turned around someday and everything and everyone I think is important now, is going to be rubbish then. Right now, I’m best off just faithfully following Jesus, and let all the concerns about how others see me, or I see them, be forgotten. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*
Lord, bring the relationships I have lost back to me where it really counts, in heaven, forever.